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Volleyball Opposite Hitter

There is usually only one on the court and he can usually be found opposite the setter. The opposite is important on both offense and defense. The opposite plays in both the front and back row.

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Goals and Job

Players are transitioning from offense to defense as the ball goes from side to side, so the goals of the opposite shift as well.

Offensive Goals

When on offense, the opposite's jobs are:

  • to pass the ball
  • to act as a second setter
  • to attack the right side of the court and score points

Defensive Goals

When on defense, the opposite's jobs are:

Key Statistics

2017-2018 Team USA Opposites

  • Annie Drews, Women's
  • Kelly Murphy, Women's
  • Matt Anderson, Men's
  • Ben Patch, Men's
  • Carson Clark, Men's


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